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Sheriff says daytime burglaries connected

Caleb Frey -   Mar 22, 2007

Two suspects believed to be behind a recent string of daylight robberies in St. Charles have been arrested.

James E. Akins, 20, 736 Colonial Club Dr., was booked with simple burglary March 13 for his part in a robbery that took place in the 100 block of Villere Drive on March 8. Akins allegedly stole jewelry, a gun, and an undisclosed amount of money from the Destrehan residence, according to a release from Sheriff Greg Champagne.

Detectives on the case were able to link Akins of Harahan to the burglary using forensic evidence. A warrant was issued for the suspect and he was arrested in Harahan. Akins is being held in the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond.

Shaine Ahysen, 19, 417 Dandelion St., Waggaman, was arrested March 14 and charged with simple burglary in connection with the same robbery on Villere Drive, authorities said. The two were allegedly able to gain entry into the home by breaking a window in the rear of the house, which sits up against a canal, concealing the rear entry of the residence.

Detectives are still attempting to determine if the two are responsible for a series of burglaries in the Ormond Estates subdivision two weeks ago, but according to an email from Champagne he feels in all likelihood the burglaries were related. All of the homes burglarized sit in front of a canal or levee, similar to the property placement in the home broken into on Villere Drive.

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